Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks are preparing for life without James Gaskell and Henry Thomas with the two promising youngsters planning moves away from the club to the London Wasps and Bath Rugby respectively.
Although reports regarding the potential departure of the two have been doing the rounds for sometime before the turn of the year, no player could be officially approached by a suitor before the new year begins and now that 2014 is upon us, the rumors have grown stronger still with reports emerging that the two have already agreed terms with their respective suitors.
The young England forwards have a contract with the club till the end of the season after which they are free to move anywhere they want and although Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby at the Sale Sharks wants to tie the pair down to new deals, they are almost certainly set to be lured away from the North West.
Thomas, who was handed his first cap with England during the team’s tour of Argentina last summer, is hoping to move back to his home town club Bath Rugby, which he grew up supporting as a boy.
Gaskell, on the other hand, has delayed contract talks with the club for a long time and it is being speculated that he is pushing for a move away from the club during the January window to make his dream move to the London Wasps.
The Sale Sharks have been having a much improved season this time around after barely managing to escape from the threat of relegation by the skin of their teeth last season and they will need to add serious contenders for the side if the two up and coming stars do decided that their futures lie away from the club.